USS Kauffman (FFG-59)

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USS Kauffman (FFG-59)
USS Kauffman (FFG-59)
USS Kauffman (FFG-59), in 1986.
History
United States
Name: Kauffman
Namesake:
Awarded: 28 October 1982
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 8 April 1985
Launched: 29 March 1986
Sponsored by: Elizabeth Kauffman Bush
Commissioned: 28 February 1987
Decommissioned: 18 September 2015
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Identification:
Motto:
  • "Toujours en Vedette"
  • ("Always in the Lead")
Nickname(s): Special K
Status: decommissioned
Badge: USS Kauffman FFG-59 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Aviation facilities:

USS Kauffman (FFG-59), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman (1887–1963) and his son, Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman (1911–1979), both experts in sub-surface naval missions.

Kauffman was laid down on 8 April 1985 by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; launched on 29 March 1986; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, the daughter of Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman and sister of Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman; and commissioned on 28 February 1987 at Bath, Maine, Commander John C. Dranchak, USN in command.[1]

As of 2012, Kauffman is captained by Commander William K. Shafley, III, USN, homeported at NS Norfolk, Virginia, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 22.

Kauffman deployed for the final time on 8 January 2015. She was decommissioned on 18 September 2015.[2]

History[edit]

USS Kauffman sailing through Souda Bay, Crete, in August 2002.

Note: the milestones are extracted from the official command histories and no other sources. The set of command histories available is not complete, resulting in the partial record following.[3]

1988[4]

  • 6 January – 28 May: 4100 ton modifications by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
  • 12 August: BM3 Kerekgyarto died instantly when the Slewing Arm Davit broke from its mount and fell on him.

1989[5]

  • 7 April: Commander Ronald C. Bogle, USN relieves Commander John C. Dranchak, USN
  • 31 May – 10 November: Maiden deployment, Med 3–89
  • 4–7 August: Sevastopol, USSR port visit
  • October: Sixth Fleet "Hook'em" Award for best ASW platform in Sixth Fleet AO in 1989
  • 13 September – 3 October: NATO exercise Display Determination-89

1990[6]

  • 9 January: presented with Battle 'E'
  • 15 January – 15 March: ships restricted availability, #1A gas turbine engine and the Mk. 75 76mm gun mount are replaced
  • 8–15 June: BALTOPS-90

1991[7]

  • 5 April: Commander James H. Chapman Jr., USN relieves Commander Ronald C. Bogle, USN
  • 26 April – 26 October: deployment, MEF 2–91
  • 4 June – 16 September: Middle East Force (MEF) operations in the Persian Gulf

1992[8]

  • 6 January – 21 February: counter narcotic operations, Caribbean Sea
    • towed a vessel that had lost propulsion 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 mi) to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • rescued the crew from the stricken 237 feet (72 m) coastal freighter Ramsli just before she sank
  • 2 August – 23 October: Ships Restricted Availability (Drydock), by Bath Iron Works Bath, Maine
  • 15 September: presented with Battle 'E'
  • 18 December: Commander James F. Deppe, USN relieves Commander James H. Chapman Jr., USN

1993[9]

1994[10]

1996[11]

1997[12]

1998[13]

  • 6 March: Commander George J. Karol II, USN relieves Commander John A. Kunert, USN
  • 13 March – 11 September: deployed, Med (originally tasked to Middle East Force)
  • 12 October – 11 December: planned restricted availability

1999[14]

  • 27 August: Commander Rigoberto Sáez-Ortiz, USN relieves Commander George J. Karol, USN
  • 15–18 September: sortied for Hurricane Dennis

2004[15]

  • 15 July – 22 September: ships restricted availability, installed Mk 53 "Nulka" Decoy Launching System (DLS)
  • 31 August: Commander Kenneth A. Krogman, USN relieves Commander John P. Gelinne, USN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frey, Courtney; Evans, Mark L. (1 October 2015). "Kauffman (FFG-59)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ "USS Kauffman to be Decommissioned". U.S. Navy, USS Kauffman Public Affairs. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Kauffman (FFG-59) Command Operations Reports". Naval History and Heritage Command. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1988" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 31 March 1989. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1989" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 1 March 1990. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  6. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1990" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 1 January 1991. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  7. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1991" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 13 January 1992. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  8. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1992" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 30 March 1993. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1993" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 14 March 1994. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1994" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 13 March 1995. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  11. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1996" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 2 June 1997. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  12. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1997" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 10 February 1998. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  13. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1998" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 25 February 1999. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  14. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 1999" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 1 February 2000. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. ^ "USS Kauffman command history 2004" (PDF). Naval History and Heritage Command. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

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